February 4, 2020

The Ministry of the Solicitor General has announced the dates and times of regional roundtable discussion regarding the re-composition of OPP Detachment Boards. Those details are below:
February 10, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thunder Bay
Valhalla Inn
1 Valhalla Inn Road
Scandia Room
February 3, 2020
February 12, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kenora Recreation Centre
18 Mike Richards Way
Rotary Room, 1st Fl.
February 5, 2020
February 19, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Goodwill Centre
255 Horton Street
Community Hall, 3rd Fl.
February 12, 2020
February 20, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Brockville Memorial Civic Centre
100 Magedoma Blvd.
The Hall
February 13, 2020
February 24, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Northbury Hotel & Conference Centre
50 Brady Street
Aspen Hall
February 17, 2020
February 25, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
McIntyre Community Centre
85 McIntyre Road
Hall Facility – Auditorium
February 18, 2020
February 28, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Best Western Plus
Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre
400 Memorial Avenue
Hermitage Ballroom
February 21, 2020
Please email your RSVP to: SOLGENinput@ontario.ca. AMO encourages the participation of all elected officials in these discussions.

Please note that the Ministry is seeking input to inform the regulations which will determine the future of democratic oversight and governance of policing. The Ministry has not made any decisions regarding the size and composition of detachment boards. Ideas which can be successfully implemented at a regional or local level are being sought.

Local elected officials with thoughts on the regional composition of OPP detachment boards should put those forward at the roundtable sessions and in the weeks that follow. AMO has impressed upon the Ministry the need for all municipal councils to be represented.

In addition, at the roundtable meetings the Ministry is seeking municipal thoughts related to the composition of a new OPP Governance Advisory Council. This Council’s purpose is to provide advice to the Solicitor General with respect to the use of the Solicitor General’s powers related to the OPP.

The AMO Board has recently adopted a position regarding the Council’s composition. With over 300 municipalities using the services of the OPP, AMO seeks the authority to recommend municipal appointees to the Council. AMO’s position is that half of Council’s composition should be designated municipal appointees. In addition, given the purpose of the Council, no member should be a former or current member of an Ontario police service or police association.